Membership

Membership consists of persons who serve as directors of art museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico which—by purpose, size, and standards of operation—meet the eligibility requirements established by the Trustees of the Association. Membership in the Association is based on the qualifications of both the individual director and the specific art museum and no museum may be represented by more than one individual. The Association currently has 242 members.

The term "director" is here used to designate that officer who has ultimate responsibility for the works of art owned by or lent to the museum, including jurisdiction over their acquisition, exhibition, preservation, study, and interpretation. Eligible individuals will be professionally qualified for their positions by a sufficient combination of art historical training, museum experience, demonstrated ability and adherence to the Code of Ethics of the Association.

An art museum is a legally organized, not-for-profit institution or component of a not-for-profit institution or government entity with a mission to study, care for, interpret, and exhibit works of art. It is essentially educational in nature, engaging the public and community in regularly scheduled programs and exhibitions. Most, but not all, art museums have collections. A museum is administered by a professional staff and governed by a body that sets general policy and is legally and financially responsible for the museum. A museum may also have volunteers who serve a variety of support functions. A museum generally carries out its mission in facilities that are open to the public for designated hours on a regular basis.

Membership in the Association is based on the qualifications of both the individual director and the specific art museum and no museum may be represented by more than one individual.

In order to start the membership process, please send a letter addressed to AAMD's executive director expressing the desire to join the Association, along with your resume or CV. Please send the letter to syao@aamd.org.

All applications are reviewed by the Membership Committee and recommendations are made to the Board of Trustees, with election to membership made by that body. The Membership Committee meets four times per year.